LELAND, NC (WWAY) — One Leland woman said she’s been scared to go out in her yard because of a neighbor’s pit bull. Tuesday, Mary Diemer said that pit bull attacked and killed one of her cats.
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, my God. The cat’s dying, the cat’s dying. I can’t stop this. I can’t do anything,'” Diemer said. “The dog was just shaking the cat.”
She said she fought the dog off with a plastic gardening shovel, but her cat Lupe was already dead.
“I laid the cat down on the ground, and I could see her back legs. Her back was broken,” Diemer said.
She said she called for help, and Brunswick County Animal Control responded.
“I asked them why they couldn’t remove the dog,” Diemer said.”They said they can only issue a citation today.”
A Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson confirmed animal control issued the dog’s owners two citations: one for running at large and one for public nuisance. The spokesperson said the dog was not aggressive toward people, and the owner was cooperative.
Diemer said she’s called animal control before after seeing the pit bull jump the four-foot fence between yards.
Her neighbor Rick West said he has seen the dog jump his fence as well.
“He’s running over here, and it upsets my cats in the house, so I have to shoo him back,” West said. “It can’t be jumping fences and killing cats or other small animals. What’s it going to kill next? A small child?”
That is a concern Diemer, a grandparent of a six-year-old boy, has.
“I’m afraid for him to be out here in this yard by himself,” Diemer said.
The spokesperson said animal control officers are still investigating what happened. They said investigators have to determine if the dog is ‘dangerous’. If the dog is found to be dangerous and certain steps aren’t taken by the owners to keep the dog from any more dangerous encounters, authorities can petition the court for ownership of the dog. At that point it would be up to a judge to decide on what happens next.